Bringing the spark back into my running life

Most of the day yesterday I had it in my head that I wanted to do speedwork on the treadmill when I got home.

On Tuesday my running coach had told me to take the day off since I had complained of some knee tenderness the day before. I ran anyway (well I did a run/walk to take it easy on the knee) because the weather was so nice out and I really wanted to be outdoors.

When I got home yesterday I logged into my account and saw that since I ran yesterday, my coach wanted me to take today off running.

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Since I started doing speedwork it’s become a day that I (mostly) look forward to. I really love pushing myself, seeing progress and feeling like I gave it my all at the end. With my other mid-week runs that’s not always the case, although it is usually the case after a long run.

I have to be honest and say that after running the Fort Lauderdale half in November until just a couple of weeks ago most of my runs were uninspired. I got them done but I didn’t really feel the spark.

I even wondered some days if I only loved the idea of being a runner, but didn’t actually love running. Maybe I was crazy when I thought I did love it…

But doing speedwork and long runs has brought the spark back into my life. I think I was just getting bored with the 3 to 6 mile easy-paced runs I was doing while recovering.

I am really so happy to be building up mileage again and I am really looking forward to going even further during marathon training later this year. I enjoy speedwork a lot but the long run is my favorite run.

Do you ever ‘lose the spark’ when it comes to running? How do YOU get it back? 



  1. January 9, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    That is so cool that you have a running coach. Once I have my personal training certification, I want to train runners. I know that’s not a requirement to be a coach (experience is more important!) but I think it will just be an added bonus to make me seem more legit. We’ll see…

    • January 9, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      That is a great idea! Go for it!

      My running coach is really awesome. She’s fast and has competed in (and won) ultramarathons, which is how I chose her. I’ll never win an ultra, but it is my biggest running goal to complete a 50-miler!

  2. January 9, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Doing the runs without the spark shows how committed you are. Bravo!

    I agree that long runs and speed-work get me excited to run again. After a good long run, I feel invincible and like a REAL runner and I can’t wait to run again. Maybe this is why I need to keep distance running!

    • January 9, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      Yes! Exactly! After a long run, I KNOW that I’m a real runner. It’s such a great feeling!

  3. January 9, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    I go through that also. I had several runs where I felt like every step was a struggle almost. Then boom went out recently for a 7 mile and felt like I was floating 🙂 I guess it’s normal to ebb and dip a bit, but it sure is great when a run feels totally fresh!

    • January 9, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      Yes, I think you’re right. It’s definitely an ebb and flow, and it makes sense to go through an ebb after a long training cycle. I’m glad to be back on my flow though : ) And I am very glad that you are too!

  4. January 9, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m so glad that you wrote about your fear of not actually truly liking running. I struggle with that quite often. Whenever I have to force myself to go run and don’t even necessarily enjoy it while I’m doing it, and I think to all those people who talk about how much they look forward to getting that run in…and I wonder if I just like the idea of being a runner. But then I get a really awesome run where I defy my expectations of myself and I have a run where I don’t feel like dying the entire time. Then I truly feel uplifted and remember why I actually do indeed love running.

    • January 12, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      Exactly! Not every run is going to be amazing. I have to remind myself that most runs are just “maintenance runs” that help me keep my base, and that they aren’t really meant to be as thrilling as speedwork or the long run.